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An unusual cause of diffuse spinal cord compression: extensive spinal involvement of tophaceous gout 2012

General Spine

Jihae, Lee, MD
Woo Ho, Cho, MD, Non ASSR Member
Min Woo, Shin, MD, Non ASSR Member
Hanbee, Lee, MD, Non ASSR Member
Mijin, Kang, MD, Non ASSR Member

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Gout is relatively common crystal deposition disease, but involvement of spine is exceedingly rare. In most patients with spinal gout presented with symptomatic spinal cord compression. Any cases of diffuse involvement of tophi deposition inside the spinal central canal is not reported previously. We present a case of chronic tophaceous gout with very extensive spinal involvement resulting in diffuse spinal cord compression led to paraplegia.

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